Stop the harp seal annual slaughter! (Petitions)

Every spring just off the coasts of Newfoundland and Labrabor in Canada, the pregnant Harp Seals flock to the ice floes to give birth to their babies. When they are just over 2 weeks old and getting ready to shed their baby coats, these adorable baby seals with their big black eyes and soft fluffy white coats have become the targets of the largest marine animal slaughter ever. This slaughter has gone on for over 20 years.

Up to 6,000 Canadian fishermen (mostly of European descent from Canada) make their way to the ice floes and proceed to club, bludgeon, shoot, and skin hundreds of thousands of baby harp seals. Last year in 2010, over 67,000 baby harp seals were killed for the acquisition of their pelts. The Canadian fishing industry has promoted this seal slaughter for the out of work fishermen in the off season. To fuel the fire, the Canadian govt. has promoted the myth that the reason for the (manmade) collapse of the highly profitable Cod fishing industry was actually due to the harps seals eating the fish. In fact the collapse was due to massive overfishing by man.

Once the sealers (who travel on snowmobiles and icebreaking boats) find the baby seals, the senseless horror begins. The sealers approach the babies and club them with 'hakapiks' (long sticks with a hooked blade at one end). After clubbing the seals, they are supposed to make sure they are dead before skinning them. However many times this is not the case as was proven in an analysis performed by a panel of veterinarians that showed about 40% of the seals are actually skinned alive. Approximately 95% of the seals killed in this commercial seal 'slaughter' are no more than 3 months old.

Canada has a long history of reckless disregard towards it's marine life starting with allowing the fishermen to wipe out the North Atlantic cod fishery. Canadian Fisheries Minister Gail Shea, continues to use Canadian tax money into trying to find oversea's markets for dead seals by traveling around the world peddling seal skins and other seal products. The European Union has issued a ban on all seal products however Canada continues to try to legally overturn this.

U.S. and European animal activists are promoting the Canadian seafood and tourism boycott as the only way to end this senseless slaughter. Harp seals can live up to 20 years if allowed to live out a natural life. Please take a minute to make a difference for these beautiful baby Harp seals by signing the petitions below.

Photograph by Norbert Rosing-National Geographic


1- Canada must stop it's senseless baby Harp seal slaughters. Read the facts on this petition.

2- Letter to Canada officials
 Prewritten letter to Canada's government officials asking them to stop the annual baby seal slaughter because it is senseless,cruel and totally inhumane.

Baby Seal from winter on Vimeo.

Responses to "Stop The Annual Baby Harp Seal Slaughter in Canada"

  1. Anonymous says:

    Adorable video ...they make such cute sounds when being small....
    It´s a shame otherwise what Canada is doing towards the seals..or rather what the Canadian government allows to happen !
    But other countries like Norway and some more still think its ok to go out and slaughter baby seals in that cruel way ,take their skin while they are still alive and then leave them to rot on the ice and their mothers cruing for them...
    Its very sad..and upsetting and I of course will sign all petitions there is to sign and also write to the Canadian Government today!
    Thank you for a good cause again!

  2. Anonymous says:

    How can some one even think to slaughter such a cute and innocent animal like the seal ..

  3. Anonymous says:

    what a ugly bloody mess they must leave on that beautiful white snow...thats just horrible and unforgivable in my book...

  4. Anonymous says:

    this kind of senseless slaughter must be stopped now.

  5. celina wheeldon says:

    Canada's continued shame. So unnecessary.
    But isn't it always easier to blame someone or something else, instead of looking towards ourselves.

  6. pretzel84 says:

    Save the Seals...Save the Polar Bears,NOW.''

  7. Arcane Master says:

    The thing is Canada is one of the more advanced and wealthy country in the world. They NEED not to do that. Were is the petition to be signed ? We are in the 21 st century, that kind of horror must stop now.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Is there a dislike button? Why not fight a real battle? like neo Feminism or the banksters that fraudulently make our dollars?

  9. Arcane Master says:

    A real battle ? Saving the life of innocent being, sweet and adorable little creature beaten alive just for their fur is not a real battle ? And your heart, is it a real heart ? I have doubts. Si tu n'aimes pas les animaux viens pas écrire tes conneries sur un site de ceux qui les aime, crétin.

  10. Anonymous says:

    i wish mankind would understand we are all connected to: animals. plant. water etc.we are like mother earth"s cells and we don't kill our young why KILL THIERS!!!

  11. Anonymous says:

    white man have no rights or needs to do this killing.the responsible should be put in killing a human,

  12. Anonymous says:

    We are all related...but sadly, the only thing most humans are/feel connected to is money and possessions. Do they not see the joy of beholding the Creators other children???? I don't understand this SICK CRUELTY!

  13. Anonymous says:

    "white man have no rights or needs to do this killing"? Not just white man, ALL man! Times and nature has changed alot since the time of the ancient traditions and we must adjust to the new needs of mother nature, everyone, even if it means surrendering to certain cultural traditions. Otherwise NOBODY is safe.

  14. Anonymous says:

    By surrendering I mean giving up of course.

  15. Anonymous says:

    people out there loven the money dont evan have a sences of feelings for the animals when ad before they kill them ...............what a shame !!!! and that video makes me cry ALOT

  16. Anonymous says:

    We share this world with all animals. Keep your hands off!

  17. Anonymous says:

    Stop the senseless, selfish killing of our animals.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Stop it right NOW!!!

  19. Anonymous says:

    Yes, STOP it... such cruelty against these little innocent seals as also against all other animals. They've the same right to live on this planet earth as we have...

  20. Anonymous says:

    How would they like it done to them or thier baby and have to watch.What monster's this needs to be stopped.Karma will be knocking at thier back door.How can they look thier selves in the mirror and God. The traps they set will snag them in the end.They are just setting traps for thier selves. Sherrill Atherton

  21. Françoise Van de Walle says:

    Everytime I see this drama on T.V. my heart breaks in thousend pieces ...I do not like woman who dare to wear the fur coates made from these poor baby's !!! And these coats are second hand , because they belong to the seals not on the body of a crazy woman !!!! Stop this primitive behavior and save the poor seals and do not make their mamas cry !!! Françoise Van de Walle

  22. Anonymous says:

    Stop wearing furs!! Boycott this horrible industry! That will help a lot already.

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  24. Anonymous says:

    Please, for the love of God and his creations! STOP!!

  25. Roberta says:

    Why do we as humans think we have a right go kill Gods animals? Soon there will be none, then what do we start killing, each other? We do that now. Does it make men feel powerful to go out and kill baby seals? wolf cubs? bear cubs? Do they need to kill to become a man? Stop the killings!!

  26. elena says:

    Very sad how these baby seals are slaughtered. It's incredible what we're doing to our environment and to ourselves. Because this abuse is going to backfire in ways that nobody knows.

  27. Anonymous says:

    STOP.... mankind need 2 get a grip... I am so tired of man killing and doing what he dam well pleases!!!! THOUGHH SHALL NOT KILL ..... MEANS DO NOT KILL !!!!! IT DOES NOT MEAN DO IT AS U PLEASE!!!! THESE R GODS CREATURES... NOT MANKINDS......SOOOOOOOOOOOOO.... STOP KILLING THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!NOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!

  28. Anonymous says:

    quit killing these babies!! think about what your doing! would you like to be skinned and killed because you look nice? hell no! you would want to be a wonder to the let them be a wonder to the world. we live up to 100 years in life...yet how many do they live? think about it DAMMIT!!

  29. Shame on you Canada. How disgusting!!
    How can you look into the eyes of
    these beautiful creatures of God,
    and kill them. You have their blood
    on your hands. There is a sweet thing
    called Karma, so look out!!, it's
    coming to get you, if you don't put
    a stop this cruel practice.

    Not happy Jan!!!

  30. Anonymous says:

    I do not know how a human being can hurt any animal, but this is digraceful and sickens me = as the writer above says what goes around comes around, When you are old and in pain - remember the creatures you cruelly killed - it's justice for them that you are in pain ! Amen to the Universe!

  31. Unknown says:

    Ich würde mich gerne um diese feigen Wixer, die diese armen Robbenbabys töten "kümmern". Kann mir jemand eine Organisation nennen, die mir da weiterhilft?

  32. Darlene Taylor says:


  33. Anonymous says:

    Stop the harp seal annual slaughter! I have photographs of baby seal pups being torn from their mothers' arms with their blood already coloring the white snow red. This is cruel, inhumane, and completely unneccesary. No one needs seal fur.

  34. Anonymous says:

    That is horrific!!!!!!!! The more of these kinds of things I see the more I really dislike humans !!!!!

  35. Anonymous says:

    save the seals that is just down right discusting having them massacred

  36. Anonymous says:

    I am utterly discusted,,,,how would you like to be skinned alive and left for you mother to cry over you carcas.....please help stop this abuse....

  37. Anonymous says:

    humans are the worst all they do is kil!

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